Government running scared of its own Brexit impact studies, says Green MEP

September 20, 2017 by

MollyGreen MEP, Molly Scott Cato, who has been challenging ministers to release secret government studies into the impacts of Brexit [1], has accused the government of running scared of its own findings.

The accusation comes following a letter from Steve Baker, Undersecretary of State for exiting the EU, in which he states that it would be innaproriate to publish analysis that would risk damaging the UK’s negotiating position. Responding, Dr Scott Cato, who is Green Party speaker on Brexit, said:

“To conceal studies under the guise that it weaken the governement’s negotiating position can mean only one thing: that the studies reveal Brexit will have a negative impact on the UK. If the findings were in any way positive and backed-up their hard Brexit folly, or strengthened their negotiating hand, you can bet they would have been released long ago. The government is running scared. It knows that the impacts of Brexit will be disastrous on our economy.”

Mr Baker acknowledged that the government has conducted analysis of over 50 sectors of the economy covering financial services, agriculture, energy, retail, infrastructure and transport. The government has repeatedly been asked to list the sectors it has analysed. In June, in answer to a parliamentary question, the government said it would publish the list ‘shortly’, but to date no such list has been made available.

Green MP, Caroline Lucas, also asked a parliamentary question on whether the impact studies have reached a different conclusion on the UK’s membership of the single market to studies carried out by the government in 2013. The studies, known as the Balance of Competences [2], concluded that membership of the single market resulted in GDP of both the EU and the UK being ‘appreciably greater than they otherwise would be’ and that ‘integration has brought… appreciable economic benefits.’ The government refused to answer, again arguing that to publish anything would undermine the UK’s ability to negotiate the best deal for the UK. Molly Scott Cato concluded:

“This is a government in total chaos, riven with internal conflict and division and choosing to feed people fanciful nonsense about life outside the EU rather than reveal the truth about its reckless Brexit escapade. Communities, businesses and public services need confidence in our long-term planning and this can only be achieved through open, transparent decision-making. The government should come clean and let everyone see exactly what the likely impacts of Brexit on our economy will be.” 

Dr Scott Cato is currently awaiting a response to a freedom of information request for further details of a leaked study into the impacts of Brexit on the NHS [3]. The study, undertaken by the Department of Health, suggests Brexit could result in a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026. A petition set up by the European Movement, calling on the Government to publish impact studies has reached almost 18,000 signatures [4].

Links

[1] http://mollymep.org.uk/2017/08/11/mep-slams-govt-for-hiding-50-studies-impacts-of-brexit/

 

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/final-reports-in-review-of-eu-balance-of-competences-published

[3] http://mollymep.org.uk/2017/09/01/foi-secret-brexit-study-on-nhs/

[4] http://www.europeanmovement.co.uk/release_the_studies

Molly Scott Cato is Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar and is one of 50 Green/EFA MEPs in the European Parliament. She sits on the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, PANA committee investigating tax evasion and the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. Molly is Green Party speaker on Brexit.

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No service cuts & keep Intercity trains to Wellingborough

July 29, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

notoq4I’ve just had a read of this document and there are some very concerning plans / ideas here about future train services for our area. You might want to have a look. I plan to make a submission to this consultation.

I agree that we need greater train service capacity which may include looking at additional lines and services, and it’s also important that our existing services aren’t down graded. I am also very concerned about the plans (herein) re travelling north to Market Harborough, Leicester etc. I work in Leicester and the plans here would mean the removal of all direct trains to MH, Leicester, Nottingham and elsewhere from Wellingborough. I thought the idea of building 3,500 houses next to the train station would support more people using the train (in both directions), not possibly a reduction or downgrading of services.

If you are a train user in this…

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Keep, Extend and Enforce the Hunting Ban, Vote Green

July 16, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

JH Keep The BanIf elected I will fight against hunting and vote to keep the ban.  I will make upgrading the Hunting Act 2004 to include all blood sports my first private members’ bill.  I will also add to the bill to make it enforceable.

The Green Party’s policy is crystal clear; we oppose all forms of hunting.   Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party’s Animals Spokesperson, has condemned Theresa May’s plan to bring back fox hunting.  The vocal animal welfare campaigner and South East MEP said:

“That Theresa May has been forced into this admission is extremely telling. The bloodthirsty plot to repeal the foxhunting ban had, until now, only been discussed behind closed doors because the Tories know 84% of the public oppose this barbaric pursuit, which is enjoyed by only a tiny privileged minority.”

“Let’s be clear, the Conservatives did not want to be open with the public about this plan…

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Discover The Local Talking Newspaper

July 1, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170605_19_24_20_ProLast night I had the pleasure of joining the team at Wellingborough and District Talking Newspaper from their own studio at The Belgrade Centre, Denington Road, Wellingborough.   The news is recorded on Monday evenings and dispatched on a Tuesday mornings by a dedicated team of volunteers to over 100 individual listeners and to a number of day centres and care homes for use in the communal areas.

Simon Turner, a Green Party Member, helps to run the free Talking Newspaper service, delivering audio recordings of local news and magazine articles through its customer’s letter box.  Simon said “you qualify if you are blind or partially sighted with close up vision of N12 or less quality.  You do not have to be registered blind or partially sighted. Approaches can be made to us direct by the would-be listener, their family, friends or social worker. Clubs or county librarians who work with…

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Put Town Centres First, Vote Green

June 22, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170606_17_03_29_ProOur town centres are dying, because of the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour.  All of these parties support out of town retail parks including Rushden Lakes, and all do not support small businesses, including shops, cafes and pubs, in our town centres.  I simply do not understand why we are letting our town centres turn into ghost town centres and why are local elected politicians letting our local shops die?

In Wellingborough and Rushden today we have scores of empty units and with more closing every week, how long will it be before we have lost every independent or small chain store from our town centres?  The latest victim is workwear and camping shop George Alan who are set to close both of their Rushden and Wellingborough shops by the end of June.  In Silver Street, Wellingborough, half of the units are empty and more are closing!

The Green Party…

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Clean Air Everywhere Week of Action

June 20, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

AirTeamWe are joining Friends of the Earth in calling for a national week of action for clean air from 24 June to 2 July 2017.  After weeks of delay and speculation, the government finally published its draft Air Quality Plan on 5 May.  This should have been a Plan that effectively dealt with the shocking air pollution crisis that blights the lives of so many.  This should have been a Plan for clean air that put the health of the nation first.  This should have been a Plan that helped people out of dirty diesels in to clean vehicles and cheaper, better, public transport.  Unfortunately for us all – it wasn’t. Far from it.

Why are we forced to breathe polluted air?

Vulnerable children and older people who are forced to breathe illegal levels of pollution deserve better.  We all deserve better.  So for the sake of the nation’s health, we’re…

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Thank you to each and everyone who voted for me, I will continue to campaign for you, we will be back…

June 19, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

Northants Green PartyThe General Election saw increases in vote share for the Conservatives and Labour at the expense of all the smaller parties.  The Green Party was definitely affected across Northamptonshire, where we saw our vote share come in at between 1.5% and 2.4%.  Green votes were significantly lower in constituencies where Labour genuinely a threat to the Conservatives.  Unfortunately a lot of people who would have wanted to vote Green felt that it was more important to vote against the party they didn’t want to get in than to vote for who they actually wanted.  I had lots of conversations with people after they voted and many said the Green Party had the best policies but they voted tactically.

This vote was polarised by the popularity of two very different party leaders, it was not an accurate reflection on how popular the Green Party are locally.  Our campaign in the Wellingborough…

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Put Protecting Trees First, Wellingborough

June 19, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

Vote Green TwigsThe Borough Council of Wellingborough, as a tree owner; has a direct responsibility to protect trees in Wellingborough.  The council have released a draft tree policy to ensure that its trees do not pose a danger to the public or property; but I think that this has missed an opportunity to ensure that trees are maintained properly and not destroyed locally.  The council is responsible for managing a significant number of trees within the borough of Wellingborough. The overall tree population is an estimated 76,000.

All decisions taken should bear in mind that trees are essential for people and our local environment.  Here are some examples, taken from the tree policy, of the aesthetic, social, economic and health benefits of trees:

  • Trees play a vital role in urban and rural ecosystems by helping to support a great variety of wildlife.
  • Studies of patients in hospital found that they recovered more…

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Northamptonshire Green Party announces final Parliamentary Candidates

May 4, 2017 by

With 5 weeks to go until the Parliamentary elections, the Green Party in Northamptonshire has confirmed its final 3 parliamentary candidates for the 2017 General Election, giving people across the county the chance to vote Green once more. At a meeting of the local party on Monday 1st May, members selected their candidates for Corby, Northampton South and Wellingborough to add to those already chosen in Daventry (Steve Whiffen), Kettering (Rob Reeves), Northampton North (Steve Miller) and South Northamptonshire (Denise Donaldson)

GE Candidates 2017

Jonathan Hornett will be the Green Party candidate in Wellingborough. Jonathan has been a member of the Green Party for 12 years, and has represented them at 13 local elections and 3 national elections. He is a keen supporter of local businesses and has campaigned extensively for renewable energy and animal welfare. His message to the people of Wellingborough is “I am standing to offer people the chance to vote positively; positively for a party that has policies that work for people both young and old, positively for a party that stands up for animals and works hard to protect the environment; and positively for a candidate that understands local issues and wants to work with local people to build a better more sustainable future for all. Think green, vote Green Party in 2017.”

The candidate representing the Green Party in Corby is Steve Scrutton.  Steve has been a member of the Green Party for over 10 years, and has stood in many local elections. Steve said, ‘I have good political knowledge and sensitivity.  I will place the environment at the forefront of my campaign as well as fighting for a more equal society. I fully support the Green Party’s policy of having a ratification referendum on the final Brexit deal.”

Scott Mabbutt will be the Green Party candidate for Northampton South. Scott lives in Northampton and currently works at Kettering General Hospital.  Scott said, “I have spent my adult life caring for sick people in our County. I feel that my job gives me a unique insight into the problems facing our society and how they have been exacerbated by the current government.”

The Green Party presents a future based on protecting our planet for future generations, and for providing inspiration and practical support to the downtrodden in society. The Green Party will also fight against the Conservative’s agenda of a ‘Hard’ Brexit and will campaign for a ratification referendum on the final deal.

Pictured (left to right)            Jonathan Hornett, Rob Reeves, Denise Donaldson, Steve Scrutton, Steve Miller, Scott Mabbutthe full list of candidates are :

Corby                                      Steve Scrutton
Daventry                                Steve Whiffen
Kettering                                Rob Reeves
Northampton North            Steve Miller
Northampton South            Scott Mabbutt
South Northamptonshire   Denise Donaldson
Wellingborough                   Jonathan Hornett

Further information

Steve Miller
Northants Green Party Secretary
steve.miller@northantsgreenparty.org.uk
07598 735524

 

Please donate today so we can stand candidates across the County.

April 29, 2017 by

5 candidatesIn 2015, we stood in all constituency seats across Northamptonshire for the first time.  We are hoping to stand in as many seats in the County again in 2017. However, even just to stand we need to raise £500 per seat for our deposit.

We currently have announced the following candidates:

Kettering – Rob Reeves
Northampton North – Steve Miller
Daventry – Steve Whiffen
South Northamptonshire – Denise Donaldson

We aim to announce more candidates for the remaining constituencies next week.

5 party logosWe don’t have the financial backing like other parties and so, while we don’t like asking for money, this is the way we are funded – by our supporters. In that respect, we value every penny pledged and so you can rest assured that your money will be put to good use.  Each candidate (or their local constituency group) is putting up half the funds for the deposit. Any funds raised beyond what we need for the deposits, will be used on promotional materials for our campaigns to get our message out.  If we retain any deposits (i.e. we receive 5% of the vote) we will split them proportionally across the county between those who pledged (please note, that in 2015 we were unsuccessful in receiving more than 5% in any constituency – but only by a few hundred votes in many).  Please donate today.

AirSteveJonThe Northants Green Party isn’t just about standing in elections – we continue to try and make a difference in our local area despite not having any councillors at Borough, County or Parliamentary level. We have launched a successful Clean-up Campaigns, provided donations to Food Banks, hold regular discussions and events and we are currently in the process of monitoring air pollution across the County.

Many thanks in advance,

Rob Reeves

Please donate today so we can stand candidates across the County in the snap General Election on Thursday 8th June.  Visit – http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/northants-green-party-election-2017